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Australia joins list of nations selling bonds with negative yield

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Australia has this week joined the illustrious list of governments that have been able to borrow money at negative interest rates. The Australian Office of Financial Management, which manages the government’s debt programme, sold $200 million of inflation-linked bonds maturing in 2018 to 13 investors on Tuesday at a yield of ...

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Australian government set to tax bank deposits

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The Australian Federal Government looks set to introduce a tax on bank deposits in the May budget. The idea of a bank deposit tax was raised by Labor in 2013 and was criticised by Tony Abbott at the time. Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has indicated an announcement on the new tax ...

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Australian military starts training on US Reaper drones

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Australian air force personnel have begun training on armed drones in the United States, Australian defense officials said on Monday, less than a week after Washington said it would begin exporting the controversial weapons system. The U.S. State Department last week said it would allow exports of lethal military drones ...

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Australia’s looming private debt crisis

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As household debt has boomed exponentially over the last two decades, the savings of the household sector has plunged. Australia’s private debt dynamics have been thoroughly explored elsewhere, but less well understood is the country’s position relative to the OECD and BRIC nations. Thankfully, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) ...

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Morgan Stanley: Australia needs stimulus to avoid recession

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Australia could face its first recession in almost 25 years unless authorities further stimulate the economy, Morgan Stanley said. The nation’s economy will expand just 1.9 percent in 2015, with 1.5 percentage points of that coming from higher exports, and unemployment will climb to 6.8 percent, Morgan Stanley economists led by Daniel ...

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Animal cruelty: two horses die in ‘Australia’s biggest race’

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One of Australia’s biggest sporting and cultural events, the Melbourne Cup, has been marred by the deaths of two horses that raced in the world-famous event today. Admire Rakti, the Japanese-owned horse that was the pre-race favourite to win, pulled up in the final turn and died in the stalls ...

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G20 meetings to cost Australian tax payers $500 million

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Australia will spend over $500 million hosting this year’s G20 meetings. In the world of ordinary taxpayers that is a lot of money that could otherwise be spent in the nation’s schools, hospitals or other worthwhile public purposes. So what are the benefits of the G20 and can the world’s ...

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Australia to pass NDAA style indefinite detention law

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Following Australia’s passing of draconian anti-terror laws late September, the country took another step in the direction. This may allow its security services to detain anyone without charge even before other methods of questioning have been exhausted. The proposed new laws will be subject to a parliamentary inquiry’s decision before ...

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